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Torch Singer (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 8 September 1933 (USA)
When she can't support her illegitimate child, an abandoned young woman puts her up for adoption and pursues a career as a torch singer.

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Cast

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Sally Trent, aka Mimi Benton
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Michael Gardner
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Dora Nichols
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Bobby, Dora's Baby at 1 Year (as Baby Le Roy)
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Judson
Sam Godfrey ...
Harry, Radio Announcer
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Mother Angelica
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Mrs. Judson
Mildred Washington ...
Carrie
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Sally - 5 Years
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Miss Spaulding
Albert Conti ...
Carlotti
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Agatha Alden
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Storyline

Sally Trent has an illegitimate child, but cannot support her and gives the baby up for adoption. The father, Michael Gardner, leaves for China not knowing about the baby, and she assumes he has abandoned her for life. She gets a job as a torch singer, changes her name to Mimi Benton, and becomes notorious for her drinking and philadering. Mimi fills in on a children's radio program as the character "Aunt Jenny," singing and telling bedtime stories, and eventually uses the airtime to find her long lost daughter, part with her wild lifestyle, and reunite with Michael. Written by sarasdano

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The worst woman in New York...sang the best love songs! Lips that had kissed more men than she could remember ...crooned lullabies no one could forget!

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

8 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Broadway Singer  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Because of sponsor resistance to its age and depression themed pre-code aspects of its story, it was rarely taken off the shelf. Two of its earliest documented airings took place in Hartford, Connecticut Saturday 21 October 1961 on Gems of the Silver Screen on WHCT (Channel 18) and in Indianapolis, Indiana Tuesday 19 December 1961 on Mid-Day Matinee on WFBM (Channel 6). It was released on DVD 7 April 2009 as part of the Universal Backlot Series: Pre-Code Hollywood Collection, and again as a single 5 August 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

Quotes

Carlotti: A woman must suffer much before she can sing a little.
Mimi Benton: [Disappointedly] I see.
Carlotti: Come back to me in about a year.
Mimi Benton: [Smiling ironically] All right. In the meantime watch me suffer.
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Long Dark Night
(1933)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyric by Leo Robin
Played on piano and sung by Claudette Colbert at a restaurant
Reprised by Claudette Colbert and an orchestra on a radio program
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Jilted Claudette in Excellent Tour de Force
10 February 2002 | by (Forestville, Ca) – See all my reviews

It's fun to see Colbert warbling the blues (several times) and kiddies lullabies in this well made and directed soap. Unwed and unable to manage she gives up her baby and becomes a disreputable torch singer and the hottest attraction around. Colbert goes from forlorn unwed mother to Mae-Westian blues singer in a captivating role. "Realization" puts her "back on track" to find her daughter. All this in 72 minutes! Good support from Lyda Roberti, Ricardo Cortez and David Manners. It's a shame this isn't available on video.


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